THE JAZZ SCENE: SAN FRANCISCO contains 2 LPs on 1 CD: MODERN MUSIC FROM SAN FRANCISCO/THE CHARLIE MARIANO SEXTET (1953).
Performers include: The Ron Crotty Trio, Vince Guaraldi Quartet, Jerry Dodgion Quartet, The Charlie Mariano Sextet.
Recorded at The Black Hawk, San Francisco, California.
Personnel: Eddie Duran (guitar); Charlie Mariano (alto saxophone); Dick Collins (trumpet); Sonny Truitt (trombone); Vince Guaraldi (piano, celesta); Richard Wyands, Sonny Clark (piano); John Markham, Joe MacDonald, Larance Marable (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
Liner Note Author: Ralph J. Gleason.
Recording information: Black Hawk, San Francisco, CA (03/1953-08/1955).
This CD consists of the music formerly included on the albums Modern Music From San Francisco and Charlie Mariano Sextet. The former LP features three overlapping groups of musicians who were mostly based in San Francisco in the mid-'50s, with pianist Sonny Clark being a ringer. The Vince Guaraldi Quartet, the Ron Crotty Trio, and Jerry Dodgion's Quartet all show that the "modern" music played in San Francisco at the time was not much different than its better-known L.A. counterpart. The music swings, has smooth and light timekeeping from the rhythm section, and Dodgion's tone on alto is not that far from Bud Shank's at the time. The Charlie Mariano sextet's date was recorded at San Francisco's Blackhawk and teams together players who were mostly from Boston or San Francisco, including altoist Mariano, trumpeter Dick Collins, trombonist Sonny Truitt, and pianist Richard Wyands. Two Truitt originals, a song apiece from Vince Guaraldi and Alec Wilder, plus three standards all serve as fine vehicles for concise solos, tight ensembles, and relaxed playing. ~ Scott Yanow